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Review: Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
28 January 2009
Excerpt: Are you the schlemiel who’s always dropping his cellphone or camera at parties? Or maybe you’re the schlemazel who always gets the drink spilled on him? Either way, if you’re looking for a camera to fit a clumsy or accident-prone lifestyle, the shockproof, waterproof, and cold-resistant Stylus 1050...
Pros: Shockproof to 5 feet and waterproof 10 means you can bang it on the edge of the pool as you fall in with no harm done. Tap feature lets you change settings without futzing with buttons, and the camera can handle alpine frigidity with aplomb. Comes with a microSD adapter for greater media versatil...
Cons: Lens cover slides more easily than Ricky Henderson. The battery is easily inserted backwards, making you think it’s dead or the camera is malfunctioning. Weak zoom and poor macro ability; this camera could use a bifocal upgrade.
Conclusion: The waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof Olympus Stylus 1050SW is a decent addition to Olympus’ rugged line of cameras. Over its siblings, the Stylus 1050SW actually offers nothing out of the blue (besides Tap Control), revolutionary or different… instead, it takes a little bit, here and there...
Pros: Rugged design: waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof, LED illuminator is useful for macros/in low-light, Tap Control is useful, Usable/viewable LCD screen, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment and playback edit tools, Decent image quality below ISO 400
Cons: No manual controls, Lacks optical image stabilization, Tiny, cluttered buttons on the back, Below average battery life, Poor low-light performance; no long exposure mode, Paltry frame rate for burst mode
Summary: If you’ve ever shopped for a camera designed to stand up to serious outdoor or underwater use, you know how frustrating the experience can be: traditionally, your options have been either an expensive all-weather compact, a la the $400 Olympus Stylus 1030 SW, or an even more expensive dive-grade...
Pros: Nearly indestructible, Great styling and compactness, Images are vibrant, color-accurate, Good macro shooting options
Cons: AF is slow, even in good light, ISO 1600 shows more noise than most competitors, Hit or miss battery life, Some image quality concerns
Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is as fashionable as it is built tough. The "SW" designation means that it is both shockproof and waterproof.
Summary: It's quite astonishing that such a slim and elegant camera should also turn out to be so tough. But its small size and slippery finish does limit its usefulness in those extreme environments it's so good at surviving, and its controls and its picture quality are no more than average
Pros: All kinds of proof; slim and elegant.
Cons: Maddening tap control; average lens and picture quality.
Conclusion: Overall, the Tough Smart 1050SW is a worthy edition to the successful Olympus Tough range and it certainly does live up to its name. Perfect for anyone active - be it in the outdoors or generally speaking - or those who travel and like to take their camera with them everywhere and all of the time.
Summary: Designed for adventurers users worldwide, Olympus has unleashed the 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW. Durable enough to stand up to an "on the go" lifestyle, the metal body and shock-absorbing construction allow the camera to withstand up to a 5 foot drop.
Conclusion: Waterproofing, ruggedizing, and a unique "tap-control" feature don't make up for subpar image quality and long shutter lag in this Olympus point-and-shooter.
Pros: Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Built-in accelerometer and "tap controls" let you activate some features by tapping. Descriptive menus and features are very intuitive and helpful for beginners.
Cons: Long shutter delay. Long wait time between shots. Sharpness weakens at image edges. Noticeable color fringing. ISO speeds 400 to 1600 are very noisy. LCD shows significant motion blur.